The 2015-2016 State of Rights and Resources



United Kingdom

Location Name:
Royal Society - Kohn Centre


United Kingdom

Start and End Times:
9:30 am - 12:00 pm GMT

A panel on closing the gap in the recognition of community & indigenous land rights

2015 was the year we found the extent of the gap between customary lands claimed by the world’s 1.5 billion indigenous and local communities, and the amount of that land recognized by national laws. We learned that barely 18 percent of the world’s land is formally recognized in statutory law as owned or controlled by indigenous and local communities. Governments claim most of the rest.

This gap means that the rights to a vast area of the world’s surface are contested. It is the reason why land disputes are a major cause of conflict in many countries.  It also represents a chasm between fair and equitable rural development, one where environmental destruction flourishes, poverty festers and human rights are extinguished.

Indeed, the future development of many countries hinges on resolving land conflicts and converting customary rights into statutory law. Our panel of global experts will examine RRI’s 2015-2016 annual review of the state of rights and resources across the world, take stock of progress and failures in 2015, and explore ways to close the current gap in recognition of indigenous and local community rights.

Reports & Resources

Event Agenda

• Closing the Gap: Strategies and scale needed to secure rights and save forests | FRENCH | SPANISH

Protecting Liberia’s Forest: Conservation for People and Planet

• Protecting the DRC’s Forest: Protected Areas for People and Planet

• IAN: Managing Tenure Risk

• Factsheet: Community Governance Supports Forest Livelihoods and Sustainability

• Infographics:
RRI 2016 Annual Review GIF: Change in Land Owned or Designated for Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities

RRI 2016 Annual Review Graphic: Government Recognized Land Rights RRI 2016 Annual Review Graphic: Conflicts Involving Minorities and Indigenous Peoples RRI 2016 Annual Review Graphic: Conflicts Driven by Money

Speakers & Panelists

Constance Teage – Program Manager, Community Land Protection Program, Sustainable Development Institute, Liberia

Joan Carling  Secretary General, Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP), Philippines

Mark Eckstein Director, Environmental and Social Responsibility, CDC Group, UK

Lou Munden Founder, TMP Systems, UK

Rukka Sombolinggi Deputy to Secretary General, The Indigenous Peoples Alliance of the Archipelago (AMAN), Indonesia

Luis Felipe Duchicela – Adviser on Indigenous Peoples, Global Social Programs Unit, The World Bank

Andy White Coordinator, Rights and Resources Initiative, USA

Panel Moderated by Fred Pearce Environmental journalist; author of The Land Grabbers: The New Fight over Who Owns the Earth

Please contact Joseph Bono with any questions.